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California’s Chinese Steel Crack-Up

Tuesday October 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:15pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In the presidential debate last week, Republican Donald Trump attacked China’s trade policies and Democrat Hillary Clinton charged that Trump used “Chinese steel” in his own projects. As it happens, the most eager American user of Chinese steel is the government of California, on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Back...
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Grand Theft Education

Monday October 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

K-12 education gets the lion’s share of California’s budget, largely due to Proposition 98 (1988) author John Mockler, a lobbyist who became a millionaire working both sides of the table. In government monopoly education, the money goes directly to bureaucracies, the state department of education, the county offices of education, and local school districts....
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New Ideas for Regaining Control over Mandatory Spending

Monday October 24th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:35am PDT   •   0 Comments

Now that four years of falling budget deficits have officially come to an end, how can the U.S. Congress regain control over federal spending? Previously, we looked at one basic common sense proposal that could slow the spending for the U.S.’ fastest growing mandatory expenditure, Medicaid, but what tools does the U.S. Congress have...
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State Stem Cell Bust Goes Begging

Thursday October 20th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:10pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As David Jensen explains in the Sacramento Bee, California’s government stem cell agency, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is spending another $30 million “to dramatically speed approval of stem cell therapies and establish the Golden State globally in the much-heralded regenerative medicine field.” Down lower in the piece, in paragraph six, readers...
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How to Score the Final Clinton-Trump Debate

Wednesday October 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

With the revelations of the past weeks, the third presidential debate is sure to be one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Many observers have already had enough of the Clinton-Trump spectacle, but there are still some important things to look for. Observers might examine the candidates’ statements for some sense of the...
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How the Feds Could Slow Down Entitlement Spending

Wednesday October 19th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 2016, the U.S. government’s annual budget deficit stopped falling for the first time in four years and swung sharply into reverse, increasing to $587 billion, which is 34% higher than 2015’s budget deficit. Nearly all of that increase was due to “mandatory” spending on entitlements, the part of the federal government’s expenditures that...
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Four Years of Falling U.S. Budget Deficits End

Monday October 17th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

Just over five years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which President Obama signed into law on August 2, 2011. The law represented an attempt to arrest the phenomenal spending growth that led to the explosion of the national debt during President Obama’s first two years in office. The...
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California Capitol Still Not Taxpayers’ House

Friday October 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted back in 2013, when 8,000 government employees rallied at California’s capitol, Service Employees International Union boss Yvonne Walker proclaimed “We’re letting them know this is our house!” The SEIU and other massive government unions were clamoring for a pay hike at the time. In 2015 we noted two costly bills that...
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“Bad Apples” and “Gypsy Bureaucrats” at the VA

Thursday October 13th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, comedian John Oliver discussed the topic of police accountability on his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. As part of that discussion, he focused on the specific issue of “gypsy cops”, where officers who have engaged in misconduct are allowed to resign and to relocate to other divisions...
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Government Goldfinger

Tuesday October 11th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Obama has signed the United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act, which “eliminates a tax penalty imposed by the Internal Revenue Service on medals or other prizes awarded to Team USA athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” according to a press release from Bob Dold (R-IL). Olympic athletes with adjusted gross...
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